Pioneer Cookies

Want to feel like a Pioneer today?  We were studying all about the Pioneer days of old and did some research on what sorts of things people would use to create meals or even cookies.  They didn’t seem to have a lot of access to sugar so they typically used molasses or raw honey and ground their own flours from the grains that grew on the prairie.  Everything was made with what they could either grow or trade to obtain.  I had been babysitting my good friends daughter all week and told her that we could make some genuine pioneer cookies.  She leaped for joy at the prospect.

We strapped on our aprons and started to grind the flour.  I have been really enjoying my Einkorn berries this past week, experimenting on all the ways to use them.  I found that oftentimes, I needed to add about 25% more flour to any baking with this specialty flour.  Yet, the Einkorn is hailed as one of the healthiest of all the grains.  It has a completely different makeup to it which helps in digestion, aids in gut health, has less gluten, more fiber, more protein, so it is no wonder people are trying to obtain it.  You really get the feeling of a rugged prairie woman when you get such an ancient grain to work with.

Are you ready for an amazing healthy cookie recipe? If so, you have to check out this recipe! I had my little helper Nyah to experiment with me in the kitchen. I wanted to make something healthy and delicious, and we found it!  Not only did we use this amazing flour that is healing to the gut, but we didn’t use any sugar!  I usually don’t really like cookies, they are always too sugary for me, but I can’t get enough of these, I even had one for breakfast! I made two different types, some I rolled in pecans and the others I rolled in sugar (for the kids ).  If you want to eat cookies but are always feeling guilty afterwards, you should try these!

I had Vange over for tea and she actually hates cookies.  I made her try one, and she asked for another.  She is not into anything like baked goods or treats but she must have had four of them by the end of the day.  They are just plain pioneer good!

Erin’s Pioneer Cookies:

For the dough:

  •  9 cups fresh ground Einkorn flour (I am in love with Einkorn flour, an ancient grain)
    or 6 cups of all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp Ginger Cloves & Nutmeg
  • 2 tsp Cinnamon
  • 2 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 Cup Honey
  • 1 1/2 Cups Molasses
  • 4 Eggs
  • 2 cups Butter
  • ground pecans or course sugar (tubinado, coconut sugar, or xylitol) to roll the cookies in.

First if you are using freshly ground Einkorn flour you will need to sift it for better results. It makes it like white flour.


Add your dry ingredients in one bowl & wet in a separate bowl.

Add: Flour, cinnamonginger, cloves, nutmeg, baking soda, & salt in medium size mixing bowl.

Then in another medium size mixing bowl add, Eggs, Honey, Molasses, & Butter and stir.


Then mix wet & dry ingredients.

For a sweeter cookie without nuts…

Roll the sticky dough into some course Turbinado sugar, coconut sugar, or xylitol.  Place on a cookie sheet and bake at 350˚F until cracks form on the top.

For a heartier Pioneer health nut style cookie…

Plop the dough into a small bowl ground nuts and roll until covered.

Cover and roll into ground nuts.


Then put on cookie sheet, each cookie should be 2 inches apart.

Bake at 350ºF for 15-20 minutes.

Left is covered with sugar on outside, right is covered in nuts.









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3 thoughts on “Pioneer Cookies”

  1. Hi, Erin!
    These look great! Can you share the amount of molasses? I look forward to trying these! Thank you for sharing your recipe.?

    1. Oh, so sorry. It is 1 1/2 CUPS of Molasses Thanks for letting us know. You have a blessed day and enjoy these cookies!

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